I Had to Kneel For Natembeya- Murkomen Recalls

  • A collage of Elegeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Trans Nzoia gubernatorial hopeful, George Natembeya.
    A collage of Elegeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Trans Nzoia gubernatorial hopeful, George Natembeya.
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  • Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has recalled how he once knelt before Trans Nzoia gubernatorial hopeful, George Natembeya when he was the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner.

    Speaking in Chebarus, Trans Nzoia County, the senator stated that he was in the company of other leaders from the region when they visited Natembeya seeking government intervention over bandit attacks in Kerio Valley.

    Murkomen claimed that during talks with the former administrator, he was concerned about the rampant insecurity, and did everything possible to seek government's intervention.

    A photo of George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
    George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
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    He stated that despite pleading with Natembeya, the former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner was unable to restore peace in the troubled region.

    "When Natembeya was the regional commissioner of this region, we went to his office in Nakuru to ask for restoration of peace and order because we wanted our people to settle and concentrate on their daily activities. Imagine I had to kneel before him" Murkomen recalled.

    He accused Natembeya of not committing to guaranteeing that the tension and banditry attacks in the troubled region would end even after the government deployed a heavy security contingent.

    "He used to take a chopper, land at Tot, stay there for three to five minutes fly back to Nakuru and go to Nairobi," the senator stated, as he urged Trans Nzoia residents not to vote for Natembeya.

    "I am telling you the people of Trans Nzoia to be very careful. If you expect Natembeya who speaks a lot of good English but has little action to deliver, then you'll be surprised. 

    "If he was not able to tackle insecurity in Kerio Valley with a lot of security agencies at his disposal, will he be able to handle the political office he is looking for?" he posed.

    At the same rally, Murkomen accused Cherang'any Member of Parliament Joshua Kuttuny of abandoning Deputy President William Ruto and teaming up with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi (in Red) and Elgeyo Marakwet Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
    Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi (in Red) and Elgeyo Marakwet Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
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    The senator pleaded with Cherang'any residents to vote out Kutuny in the August polls.

    "Uhuru Kenyatta was determined to frustrate his deputy, that is why he used your MP Joshua Kutuny to kick us the supporters of William Ruto out of office," he stated.

    Natembeya who vying on a DAP-K ticket is seeking to succeed Patrick Khayemba who serving his second and final term.